England supporters call for Gareth Southgate to be knighted Brighton News

FOOTBALL fans demand Gareth Southgate be knighted if he leads England to Euro success.

The Crawley-born manager guided his team to their first final in 55 years on Wednesday after beating Denmark 2-1 at Wembley.

The England national team won their first and only trophy in 1966, led by Alf Ramsey – who was knighted the following year in recognition of the World Cup victory.

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After the heroism of the Euro 2020 semi-final on Wednesday, many fans took to social media to encourage the Queen to follow suit and reward Gareth with a similar honor.

“The Right Honorable Sir Gareth Southgate, Prime Minister, please,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

Another wrote: ‘Arise Sir Gareth Southgate. Not just a great manager, but an inclusive and inspiring leader. Well done England.

Gareth, who attended Pound Hill Junior School and Hazelwick School in Crawley, was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 New Year’s Honors for service to football.

Gatwick Airport, near Crawley, is also considering changing the name of the South Terminal to Southgate Terminal, in honor of the English manager.

The airport’s Twitter account said ahead of kick-off against Denmark: “We are cheering on the Three Lions in tonight’s Euro 2020 game… especially our local Crawley hero Gareth Southgate.

“If he brings it home, what do you think of renaming the South Terminal to ‘Southgate Terminal’?” ”

The South Terminal is currently closed due to less frequent flights, which only operate from the North Terminal.

Gatwick Airport, also known as London Gatwick, is the second busiest airport for total passenger traffic in the UK.

It is also the tenth busiest airport in Europe.

A petition has also been set up for a statue of the English manager to be built in Crawley.

Gareth Southgate’s side face Italy in the final of the competition on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. The Italians beat Spain in the other semi-final on penalties.

Ahead of Wednesday’s game, England had been eliminated in their last three major semi-finals.

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